Words

Overworked words – nice and get

May 24, 2011

Write each sentence using a word from the given list in place of one in brackets. [acquired, caught, earned, coaxed, became, delicious, handsome, enjoyable, scored, kind] 1. My sister (gets) two hundred dollars a week. 2. In the first half, the winger (got) a goal. 3. While studying in Sydney, Jane (got) a strong Australian […]

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Words ending in -ic and-ical

May 16, 2011

Many adjectives end in –ic or –ical. Adjectives ending in –ic Academic, artistic, athletic, catholic, domestic, dramatic, emphatic, energetic, fantastic, linguistic, majestic, neurotic, pathetic, public, systematic, tragic In older English, some of these words used to end in –ical. Examples are: tragical and majestical. Adjectives ending in –ical Biological, chemical, critical, cynical, grammatical, logical, mathematical, […]

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Still, already and yet

May 5, 2011

All three words can be used to talk about actions or situations that are going on or expected around the present. Still Still is used to talk about situations that are still not finished. It is still raining. Is she still working? I have been waiting for hours, but I still haven’t heard anything from […]

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Rather

March 28, 2011

Rather is an adverb of degree. Its meaning is similar to quite or fairly. It is rather cold here. You are rather late. With adjectives and adverbs When rather is used with adjectives and adverbs it often suggests ideas such as ‘more than is usual’ or ‘more than was expected’. ‘How was the program?’ ‘Rather […]

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Correct usage of afraid

February 28, 2011

Afraid means ‘frightened’. Are you afraid? Afraid and fear Be afraid is more common than fear in an informal style. Don’t be afraid. (NOT Don’t fear.) There is nothing to be afraid of. I was afraid of hurting his feelings. Afraid of and afraid to Compare: I was afraid of offending his feelings. (because I […]

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More and Most

January 24, 2011

More is the comparative form of much and many. It indicates a greater amount or number than that is indicated by much or many. You should sleep more than you do at the moment. I need more time to finish the work. More of Before a noun with a determiner we use more of. He […]

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How to improve your vocabulary?

October 30, 2010

There are several ways to improve and expand your English vocabulary. Reading, for example, is great way to learn new words. There are plenty of other methods too. Create Vocabulary Themes Vocabulary themes are a great way to enrich your vocabulary. Create themes that include words, their definition and example sentences. Watch English films Watch […]

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Easily confused words Quiz 1

October 27, 2010

Confusing words are words that are very similar in spelling or pronunciation. Choose the correct word to complete each sentence. Each question has only one correct answer. 1.      The speaker made several ————— to mythology in his speech. a)      Illusions b)      Allusions 2.      We must make every effort to ————- a Third World War. a)      […]

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